Food For Thought
Catherine Burns (BA Hons, Dip ION) is a Nutritional Therapist trained by the Institute for Optimum Nutrition in London, UK. After marrying her Bermudian husband and moving to the Island she worked in the worksite wellness field for seven years. She is currently the Managing Director of natural ltd - a nutrition consultancy offering preventive health solutions. Catherine has been running Nutrifit since 2007 and has been writing a weekly nutrition column for The Royal Gazette since 2005. Food for Thought began as a factual nutrition column that quickly took on some humour as stories of Catherine's domestic highs and lows crept in. Catherine is mum to two girls (1.5 and 4) who are often perfect examples of healthy living and occasionally the polar opposite. Catherine strives every day to nourish her daughters and to help people in Bermuda lead healthier lives. Please note that Catherine is not a Registered Dietitian. For contact details, go to www.natural.bm.
Apr 20, 2018 8:00 am
Summer, winter, summer, winter? Who the hell knows any more?!
I arrived at work in boots yesterday, but left in flip-flops. Bermuda’s weather is all over the place and we’ve thrown in some tank rain for good measure.
I arrived at the...
Apr 6, 2018 8:00 am
Whose bright idea was it to have Easter and April Fools’ all on the same day? I woke up to maple syrup in the toothpaste, cling-wrapped toilet seats and a whole load of other jokes, courtesy of Chloe, prankster extraordinaire.
I wish I’d...
Mar 23, 2018 8:00 am
Fishcakes were never meant to be healthy — or so says my editor.
And I know, I know, she’s right!
But when your fishcake is sandwiched into a hot cross bun with lashings of mayo and a side of mac ’n’ cheese, some damage limitation...
Mar 16, 2018 8:00 am
Last week, I bought the children an electronic fish. It’s the best pet we’ve ever had.
From a distance it looks like the real deal and it swims about performing impressive aquabatics (just made that word up)!
There’s no need for food...
Mar 9, 2018 8:00 am
Belle is up for adoption. She’s super cute but has been giving me a run for my money lately. We had a stand-off over the iPad yesterday and I ended up having to take it away right at the critical moment.
I was trying to meet a deadline in...
Feb 23, 2018 8:00 am
Belle told me I was “on thin ice” this morning. She thinks it’s hilarious to pretend she’s the mom and I’ve done something bad. She also does that thing where she walks past, pauses, looks at me and then indicates she is watching. I’m usually in...
Feb 16, 2018 8:00 am
For those of you with children, do you ever wonder how you can raise two children exactly the same way, but get two very different results?
I have one who is cautious and one who is a risk-taker, one that’s sensible and one that runs...
Feb 9, 2018 8:00 am
Last night, watching Belle zip around the neighbourhood on her bike, I started thinking about how quickly children pick up new skills. It took me weeks to learn to ride the scooter — I was fine going straight and turning right, but I had a crazy...
Feb 2, 2018 8:00 am
Sometimes a dessert comes along that totally knocks your socks off and this is one of them. Over the years I’ve given you tons of recipes but there are some key ones that people mention again and again: Nutrifit banana bread, Holy Crap cookies,...
Jan 19, 2018 8:00 am
Two days into our detox and it’s a bit of a struggle. January is a great month to cleanse ,but a lousy month too. All the excitement of Christmas is over, everyone is back to work, the weather is really dull and curling up on the sofa with a...
Jan 12, 2018 8:00 am
The second week of January is always a little tricky. Week one, people are full of enthusiasm and new year’s resolutions, but by week two, they’re back at work and missing a comforting glass of wine at the end of the day.
Dry January or...
Jan 5, 2018 8:00 am
Well here we are, it’s 2018 and I wasn’t even ready for 2017 when it began! Time has been flying. Anyone else feel like they would be so much more together if they could just put life on hold short term? Wouldn’t it be great to sort out things...
Dec 29, 2017 8:00 am
It’s late, late, late and I’m lying on the sofa with just the lights of the Christmas tree and the glow of my phone keeping me awake. Along with the patio doors, our internet and the toaster, my laptop gave up the ghost today ... why does it feel...
Dec 15, 2017 8:00 am
Supergranny and PopPop have landed, so the Christmas countdown has officially begun. Poor things, though, have arrived just in time to take over at the infirmary.
We have two kids with raging fevers and they are feeling very sorry for...
Dec 2, 2017 8:00 am
So Christmas is officially on its way and this is my very favourite month of the year. I love everything about it — lights, panto, Michael Buble in the car, mulled wine, the ridiculous over-the-top excitement from the children, planning...
Nov 24, 2017 8:00 am
So the big 4-0 has come and gone and I survived with my dignity and liver intact.
No cartwheels along Front Street at 2am and no huge hangover. I was a little fuzzy for Beat the Couch training the morning after the night before, but it was...
Nov 10, 2017 8:00 am
Things aren’t always perfect at Natural HQ and this morning was no exception.
For breakfast I’ve eaten a handful of chocolate chips, a granola bar from 2016 and some stale Brazil nuts — basically everything I found at the back of my desk...
Nov 3, 2017 8:00 am
Over the past few weeks I’ve been learning to ride a scooter and I feel as if my heart is permanently in my mouth. I’m on a tiny silver rental which weighs about 1lb and blows around the road a little, usually in the direction of a pothole or...
Oct 20, 2017 8:00 am
A few weeks ago, I was searching online for an image of a grass-fed beef brand to send to a client. I typed in “Naked Beef” (because that’s honestly what it’s called) and, well, you can imagine what happened ...
I know it sounds naíve to...
Oct 6, 2017 8:00 am
A few weeks ago, I came downstairs in the morning to find a trail of icing sugar between the kitchen and the living room. Negligent in my parenting, I’d had a lie-in and almost slept while I could hear the girls crashing around downstairs.
Sep 29, 2017 8:00 am
I had a great idea for how to start this column halfway through teaching a class yesterday, and now ... nothing. Can’t remember! So annoying as I remember thinking it was funny too.
It as probably some fantastically inappropriate joke to...
Sep 22, 2017 8:00 am
Mummy,” said Belle with a very serious face (as I got to the crucial part of my story). “Don’t be so ridiculous!”
There is nothing funnier than your kids getting cross and throwing your words right back at you.
In all the parenting...
Sep 15, 2017 8:00 am
Busy can be good. It can mean you’re successful, engaged and fulfilled, but it can also mean you’re overstretched, unfocused and exhausted.
At an on-site seminar this week, we discussed how “busy” is no longer the status symbol it once...
Sep 8, 2017 8:00 am
I’m writing this from my phone in the dark, sitting next to Belle who’s sleeping fitfully on an air mattress. She usually sleeps on a top bunk, but she has a fever and a throw-up bug — that seems like a bad combination, especially given that the...
Aug 25, 2017 8:00 am
Well it’s our last week of Natural Kids camp and by the time you read this, we will have started our final day.
It’s been amazing and we’ve had hilarious and fantastic kids, but I’m ready to go back to work now. It’s funny how work doesn’t...
Aug 18, 2017 8:00 am
I’m sitting on the floor during the last few hours of Natural Kids camp.
So far today, the kids have baked banana bread, done Zumba, learnt how to decode the “sugars” part of a food label, listened to stories, finished off some artwork and...
Aug 11, 2017 8:00 am
Back from holiday and down to earth with a bump.
Although no one ever gives you sympathy when you tell them you’re going home to Bermuda, do they? And really, they’re right. We all live where most of the world would give anything to...
Jul 28, 2017 8:00 am
I’m somewhere deep in the South of France, hidden away in a falling down château that’s been woven back together with a thread of luxury. The floors are bowed and cracking, the walls are crumbling, but the bathrooms have rainforest showers and...
Jul 21, 2017 8:00 am
It’s the first week of our holidays and Belle is in danger of turning into a strawberry. They’re in season over here in England and feel so affordable compared to Bermuda.
I went to the poshest of shops (Waitrose) and they were still only...
Jul 14, 2017 8:00 am
Three years ago Chloe decided we should sell cookies as a summer project for Open Airways and the SPCA.
It was the year our Holy Crap® cookies were born and she thought the name was so hysterical she kept looking for an excuse to say it...
Jun 23, 2017 8:00 am
So, we’re halfway through America’s Cup and just reached the other side of carnival. My newsfeed is packed with photos of people dancing and drinking and boating and drinking … I know there’s a large section of the Bermuda population that doesn’t...
Jun 2, 2017 8:00 am
It was Ladies’ Day on Wednesday — a whole day off work and hours of quality time with almost all of my best girls. The minor flaw in the plan was that the wind dropped which left us with only one thing to do — sip champagne. All day. I was mildly...
May 26, 2017 8:00 am
By the time this prints, I’ll either be turning circles because we ran May 24, or I’ll be in a hospital wing at KEMH.
Worst-case scenario, my obituary will be on the next page. If it is, I hope it says something fun and very inappropriate.
May 19, 2017 8:00 am
Naughty Nana has landed and the girls are beside themselves with excitement. There was the usual avalanche of generous gifts (mainly chocolate, dresses and shoes – how perfect!!) and then their very favourite thing: stories in the bath. Last...
May 5, 2017 8:00 am
So summer is officially here and with it comes all the social drinking and barbecues that can unravel our good intentions so quickly.
Grilling can be such a healthy way to cook but we are very good at loading up on all the unhealthy sides...
Apr 28, 2017 8:00 am
Last night was girls’ night and, in the usual way, we descended on a friend with a collection of dishes all based around a theme. This time we went Spanish, so there were olives and serrano and paella and salads ... and sangria, of course. I’d...
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